The Dark Secret Behind Your Favorite Makeup Products | Shady | Refinery29


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Published: 3 weeks ago
On this episode of Shady, our host, Lexy Lebsack explores the unethically sourced ingredient that's in almost all makeup products. She travels to the mica mines in India to uncover the truth about child labor rings behind this mineral. Watch Shady to see what really goes into making your makeup!

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What do you think the solution to this problem within the beauty industry is? Share your opinions with us here!

3 weeks ago

Systematic change insuring that the government is aware of the problem and held accountable by the people as well as a coalition between the various communities to charge a higher price for mica. Combine this with funding from large cosmetic companies who have used mica and a demand from those companies for ethically sourced mica. At the same time we as consumers need to make companies aware that we demand ethically sourced products and putting are money towards ethically sourced products (if financially possible). Just a thought...

6 hours ago

Boycott is not always the right answer . Providing better resources for mining is most important . The villagers want jobs to be safer . Pulling out mica doesn’t help any of the families . Ethical way is the best solution in my opinion

7 hours ago

Anyway lets punish all the corrupt government who keep the blind eye about this!

10 hours ago

Ask transparency about where the ingredients come from. If the company won't give it then stop buying it. There's million brand of make up out there, you can give up on one or two brand, can't you?
That's how we can pressure company to give transparency and fair trade about their cosmetics. We, customers have power to give these child and family a better life.

10 hours ago

Part of the solution could also include each one of us asking the beauty bloggers whom we know of/are subscribed to whether they are aware of this, and other similar issues. Make them aware and use their “influence” to spread the awareness to all of their 1M+ subscribers. That’ll really get the word out to as many consumers as possible.

11 hours ago

I live in Dhanbad.... Nd management over here r worst... This is just a trailer u saw ...that how nd what they can do for money...there r more to see.... I hope there will be a solution soon for this sarcastic condition 😔😖

1 minute ago

Oh my god

3 minutes ago

I wish these videos gave a specific call to action! So...any makeup brands we should stay away from? Maybe a website you can link that lists the reputable companies? Anything we can personally do to try and help?

50 minutes ago

We he said that “we don’t force her to work in mines” then smiled. I definitely felt like he was lying ❗️

1 hour ago

What is the answer??? Why aren’t these countries shamed for their treatment of their own children?? Why isn’t this broadcasted daily instead of in a sea of YouTube minutia ?

1 hour ago

I hope this video gets seen by beauty gurus and more companies in the beauty industry. I want justice for these beautiful children and their families. They should not have to live like this. I am truly heartbroken. Refinery29, PLEASE keep making videos like these. These videos will change the world <3

1 hour ago

Who’s leaving them behind? All of you using the makeup.

1 hour ago

As this is such a heart wrenching reality. I would like to also high light that there are many other situations such as this trickling down into our every day lives. For example, the cocoa that is harvested from Ghana and Ivory Coast goes through similar processes. Although death isn’t as likely, the harvesting of cocoa by children and families who are paid very little, is also a cause for concern. This cocoa is then sold to the West for large sums. Then there’s your Godiva or Hershey’s.

1 hour ago

Child labor is not just their in our country its rampant too & it breaks my heart💔

2 hours ago

Oh my god poor them...
I dont even wear make-up (cuz im lazy) but im gonna show this to my friends

Yt should put this on recommend instead they put James,Tati and Jefree on my recommend jeez

2 hours ago

Someone adopt these children! Child labor should be punishable! Amen!

2 hours ago

So what is the solution? You know these children need the job. Else they will starve or move to worse jobs like prostitution and drug dealing. Not every country has the resources to pay enough for parentes to feed a whole family or give welfare checks to everyone.

2 hours ago

I am saddened and mortified. This is absolutely horrible and needs to be prioritised.

2 hours ago

False Religion, The Political System and the Commercial System are the three most corrupt entities on this planet and are the Top three priorities on God's judgement day! Just wait...1 Thessalonians 5:3 Whenever it is that they are saying, “Peace and security!” then sudden destruction is to be instantly on them, just like birth pains on a pregnant woman, and they will by no means escape.

2 hours ago

Wildhoney wow ok. You are missing the mark on that one but you do you.

1 hour ago

+Imanni A Any Religion that doesn't follow God's word the Bible

2 hours ago

Wildhoney false religion ? Can u elaborate please ?

2 hours ago

Opened my eyes to reality......... May you be given paradise and blessed by almighty.. please continue this amazing work..You have our full support... !!!!!

2 hours ago

There are over 7,000,000,000+ people on the planet. Surely we can do better than this. Humankind has progressed over tens of thousands of years to create things that have helped billions. The next frontier is not "more conveniences", but "equal treatment" for all of us on Earth

2 hours ago

I'm sorry from the jharkhand 🙏🙏🙏.. but what will we do.? We people are really poor..

3 hours ago

I don’t wear makeup YAY

3 hours ago

I think it's great that Lush isn't using real mica mined by children that are underpaid, but the synthetic is almost as bad, it's recking the planet. But of course synthetic is better then risking children's lives.

3 hours ago

But if they stop using mica itll leave the children without jobs and left to starve. It's a lose lose situation.

4 hours ago

I wish you would have shown what an ethical mine looks like and how it’s different.
PS: Research Palm Oil and the RSPO “credits” system. Thank me later!

4 hours ago

Why are all you annoying ass people bringing the Kardashian’s into everything? You really think blaming other people for this problem is gonna help solve it?

4 hours ago

I don't wear makeup but if I did Lush would be my first choice.

4 hours ago

What can I do to help this issue

4 hours ago

What the heck is going on in this world ?
Where’s the UNICEF in all of these stories of children who are suffering all around the world ?
I know life it’s never gonna be fair but this much of unfair is too unfair 💔
May god be with all of them i wish there is a way so i can help with ❤️

4 hours ago

Ahhhhh world is shit

4 hours ago

fair pay yes... the makeup companies can spare the extra cash without raising the cost of makeup itself. too much greed in the world. Although, it's not the makeup companies responsibility to make sure India practices moralality for its workers. India needs to step up and police their country.

4 hours ago

thank you so much for making this!! Can you also make one on palm oil in cosmetics? or the plastic waste from cosmetics? More people need to know this stuff!

4 hours ago

The beauty industry should help these children!

5 hours ago